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July 2017 Research Newsletter

Faculty Spotlight

Jacqueline Mogle, Ph.D., is an assistant professor on the new clinical track. Dr. Mogle received her Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Syracuse University, where she was primarily trained in research methodology and cognitive aging. Her diverse background includes collaborations across Penn State; in addition to her roles in the College of Nursing, she is affiliated with the Center for Healthy Aging and the Population Research Institute. Dr. Mogle has two primary areas of research. The first is methodological, specifically focusing on measurement issues and the statistical analysis of complex data sets. As part of this work, she offers consulting services to researchers and students in the college through the Center for Nursing Research. Her second area of research is subjective memory in older adults, i.e., how older adults feel about their memory functioning and how their memory impacts their everyday lives. In collaboration with Dr. Nikki Hill, she’s used a variety of methods from interviews and observations of individuals to ecological momentary assessment (e.g., asking individuals to complete memory tests multiple times per day across several days) to provide a comprehensive picture of the daily lives of older adults. In a grant recently awarded to Dr. Hill, Dr. Mogle is the lead analyst on an integrative secondary data analysis of four large longitudinal data sets. Together with her team, she will examine how older adults react to problems with memory, how those reactions change over time, and whether their reactions impact their memory functioning later in life. Using four separate data sets will allow Dr. Mogle and her team to immediately replicate the results of their analyses to provide the highest level of evidence for their work.

Awards, Publications, and Presentations

Awards and Honors

  • Ying-Ling Jao has received funding from the Fran and Holly Soistman Faculty Development Endowment in the College of Health and Human Development. The Soistman endowment provides funding for faculty who are engaged in significant, innovative research related to the design, development, delivery, administration, or evaluation of health care services.Dr. Jao currently studies nonpharmacological interventions for dementia, care environments for dementia, assessment and management of apathy in dementia, and measurement of activity. She plans to use the funds to attend the “National Research Summit on Dementia Care: Building Evidence for Services and Supports” in October 2017.

Funded Awards

Jennie Noll, Sheridan Miyamoto, Lorah Dorn, Diana Fishbein, Nilam Ram, Linda Collins, Brian Allen, Lori Frasier, Kent Hymel, Christine Heim, Chad Shenk, Idan Shalev, Hannah Schreier, Daniel Crowley, Vernon Chinchilli, Emma Rose, Ming Wang, Mark Dias, and Sarah Font. “Penn State Translational Center for Child Maltreatment Studies (TCCMS).” Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, P50 HD089922-01, $7,716,839.


Nikki Hill, Jacqueline Mogle, and Martin Sliwinski. “Alzheimer’s disease risk factors as mediators of subjective memory impairment and objective memory decline: A construct-level replication across four studies.” National Institute on Aging, R01 AG055398-01, $1,759,119.


Marie Boltz, Jacqueline Mogle, Rhonda Belue, and Douglas Leslie. “Reducing disability via a family-centered intervention for acutely ill persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.” National Institute on Aging, R01 AG054425-01A1, $2,714,041.


Amy Sawyer. “Mindfulness-based stress reduction for claustrophobia in positive airway pressure–treated adults.” American Lung Association, SB-417793, $40,000 (continuation).



  1. Giurgescu, S. N. Zenk, T. N. Templin, C. G. Engeland, K. Kavanaugh, and D. P. Misra. 2016. The impact of neighborhood conditions and psychological distress on preterm birth in African American women. Public Health Nursing doi:10.1111/phn.12305.


  1. D. Gajendrareddy, R. Junges, G. Cygan, Y. Zhao, P. T. Marucha, and C. G. Engeland. 2016. Increased oxygen exposure alters collagen expression and tissue architecture during ligature-induced periodontitis. Journal of Periodontal Research doi:10.1111/jre.12408.


  1. Thurston, B. Freisthler, D. Tancredi, P. Romano, S. Miyamoto, and J. G. Joseph. 2017. Environmental and individual attributes associated with child maltreatment resulting in hospitalization or death. Child Abuse & Neglect 67:119–136. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2017.02.024.


  1. Thurston, B. Freisthler, D. Tancredi, P. Romano, S. Miyamoto, and J. G. Joseph. 2017. The temporal-spatial distribution of seriously maltreated children. Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology 20:1–8. doi.10.1016/j.sste.2016.12.004.


  1. Miyamoto,P. S. Romano, E. Putnam-Hornstein, H. Thurston, M. Dharmar, and J. G. Joseph. 2017. Risk factors for fatal and non-fatal child maltreatment in families previously investigated by CPS: A case-control study. Child Abuse & Neglect 63:222–232. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2016.11.003.


Y.-L. Jao, E. Loken, M. MacAndrew, K. Van Haitsma, and A. M. Kolanowski. 2017. Association between social interaction and affect in nursing home residents with dementia. Aging & Mental Health Mar 23:1–6. doi:10.1080/13607863.2017.1304526.


  1. MacAndrew, E. Beattie, M. O’Reilly, A. M. Kolanowski, and C. Windsor. 2017. The trajectory of tolerance for wandering-related boundary transgression: An exploration of care staff and family perceptions.The Gerontologist 57(3):451–460.


  1. Kovach, A. M. Kolanowski, and A. Gilmore-Bykovskyi. 2017. Approaches to affective, behavioral, and cognitive symptoms of individuals with dementia: A thorny issue and a rose by another name. Research in Gerontological Nursing 10(3):102–105.
  2. Hill, J. Mogle, L. Kitko, A. Gilmore-Bykovskyi, R. Wion, E. Kitt-Lewis, and A. Kolanowski. 2017. Incongruence of subjective memory impairment ratings and the experience of memory problems in older adults without dementia: A mixed methods study. Aging & Mental Health, in press.


  1. Hill. 2017. Person-centered technology for older adults (editorial). Journal of Gerontological Nursing 43(4):3–4.


  1. Mogle, E. Munoz, N. Hill, J. Smyth, and M. Sliwinski. 2017. Daily memory lapses in adults: Characterization and influence on affect. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbx012.


J. Mogle, N. Hill, and C. McDermott. 2017. Subjective memory in a national sample: Predicting psychological well-being. Gerontology. doi:10.1159/000466691. 


29th Annual Scientific Sessions, Eastern Nursing Research Society (April 5–7, Philadelphia, Pa.)


  • Barbara Birriel (with Lisa Kitko, Judith Hupcey, Michelle McGowan, and Susan Loeb): “Family surrogates in critical care: The ethical basis for their decisions” (paper session)


  • Marie Boltz: “An examination of the family role in promoting the functional recovery of hospitalized older adults” (paper session)


  • David Everly Jr.: “Perceptions of heart failure terminality and end-of-life decision making” (poster session)


  • Nikki Hill: “Improving older adults’ cognitive and functional health: Innovative approaches from the aging RIG” (symposium chair)


  • Judy Hupcey (with Windy Alonso and Lisa Kitko): “Theory integration to examine the influence of rurality on ventricular assist device patient outcomes” (poster session)


  • Alea McClintock: “The feasibility of implementing a nonpharmacological weight loss program to address obesity in a rural community” (poster session)


  • Caroline McDermott (with Donna Fick, Nikki Hill, Jacqueline Mogle, Andrew Belser, and Amy Lorek): “How do younger adults view aging? A pilot study examining the impact of a cross-generational arts installation” (poster session)


  • Jacqueline Mogle and Nikki Hill: “Specificity, time, and feelings: How older adults interpret questions about their memory” (paper session)


  • Alison Walsh (with Lisa Kitko): “The effect of heart failure on health-related quality of life during critical transitions in the life course” (paper session)


  • Holly Weinschenk: “Experiences related to caregiver burden and health status among heart failure caregivers” (poster session)


Third Annual Sleep & Symptom Research Symposium (April 28, Yale School of Nursing)


  • Bruno Saconi (Ph.D. student), Alexa Watach, and Hyunju Yang: “Coping processes and CPAP use among adults with obstructive sleep apnea”


  • Alexa Watach (Ph.D. candidate): “A pilot study of obesity and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome in adolescents: Executive function, sleep, and physical activity outcomes”


  • Hyunju Yang (Ph.D. candidate): “Diurnal variation of cytokines and its relationship with symptom expression in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)”
  • Hyunju Yang and Alexa Watach (with Miranda Varrasse, Ph.D. candidate, University of Pennsylvania): “Clinical trial enrollment enrichment in resource-constrained research environments: Multivariable apnea prediction index (MAP) in SCIP-PA trial”
  1. Miyamoto: “The Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Telehealth Center,” March 2017, U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, Washington, D.C.
  2. Miyamoto: “Innovative technology to enhance access to quality forensic sexual assault examinations in underserved communities,” March 2017, National Institutes of Health, Washington, D.C.S. Miyamoto: Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Telehealth Center simulation lab presentation, April 7, Dean’s Advisory and Development Council, College of Nursing.


  3. Miyamoto: “Innovations and entrepreneurship in health care” (panelist), April 19, Penn State Startup Week, University Park, Pa.


  1. Miyamoto: “Diabetes management and mHealth technology: The importance of health care partnerships and clinical integration,” April 23–25, Telehealth 2.0, American Telemedicine Association, Orlando, Fla.


  1. Penrod, M. Evans, and N. Hill: “Community-based research: What community partners should know,” May 23, The Nittany Lion Inn, University Park, Pa.



Submitted Proposals

Lisa Kitko, Andrea Sillner, and Judith Hupcey. “Primary palliative care strategies: Health-related decisions (PATHS) in the primary health network system.” Hillman Foundation, $600,000.